SIR – It’s comforting to see that fat-cat lawyers who get rich on criminal legal aid cases are to see their fees slashed by almost a third.

These top earners are milking the system for more than £500,000 a year.

The legal aid industry in this country costs in excess of £2 billion a year, and is far removed from its original purpose of providing the poor with access to justice. The ruling is well overdue, but no doubt those lining their pockets will protest.